Director, Head of Insight, Brunswick Group Beijing
Peter is a data-driven strategist and the head of Brunswick Insight’s Asia practice, which provides opinion research and analytics for business-critical decisions. He has conducted research in more than 40 countries to help clients build better communications programs that are grounded in data and insight.
Peter is an expert on geopolitical issues and international public opinion. He is the author of Brunswick’s China Going Global research series, which has tracked global attitudes towards Chinese businesses since 2016. He also leads Brunswick’s US–China Trade Tracker polling, which monitors American and Chinese sentiment towards important issues in the bilateral relationship. He has briefed senior diplomats at the US and UK Embassies in Beijing on geopolitical issues, presented at the 2019 Hongqiao International Economic Forum (an affiliate program of CIIE) in Shanghai, and is often quoted in Chinese and international media about US–China business trends. Before joining Brunswick’s Beijing team, Peter spent four years in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Earlier in his career, Peter was a researcher on geopolitical issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a leading think tank in Washington, DC. Peter holds a M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Studies and holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Journalism from Gonzaga University.
Chairman, Heng An Standard Life Insurance Company Limited
Member, Committee of 100
Eric Zheng is Chairman of Heng An Standard Life Insurance Company, a joint venture of Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) in China. SLA is a leading asset management and life insurance company headquartered in the UK.
Eric is former Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. With over 3,000 members, AmCham Shanghai is the largest American chamber of commerce in Asia Pacific. Under his leadership, AmCham Shanghai played an active role in promoting mutually beneficial US–China trade relations.
Eric had a successful tenure with AIG, including serving as President & CEO of AIG China. He played a leading role in establishing AIG’s insurance subsidiary in China and in growing it into one of the most profitable general insurance companies in the country.
Prior to AIG, Eric served as the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou. As the most senior representative of the US Commerce Department in South China, Eric was responsible for assisting American companies in marketing their products and services to China and in doing business in the country.
Before working for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Eric was a management consultant with PwC in the U.S. He had increasing levels of responsibility including managing the China Desk, a consulting service that advised multinational companies on doing business in China.
Eric is active in a number of non-profit and charity organizations including as a member of the Committee of 100.